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This was Marlon Brando's final, completed film.
Marlon Brando took to calling director Frank Oz "Fozzy" and "Miss Piggy" during this movie. Oz is the voice of the Fozzy Bear and Miss Piggy characters in The Muppets. Brando's hazing of Oz over his work with the Muppets got so bad that Robert De Niro was forced to direct Brando instead, with Oz giving him instructions via headset.
Marlon Brando refused to smile in his last scene in this movie, so his ever-so-slight smile was added in post-production by a computer.
This is the only movie to star both Robert De Niro and Marlon Brando, the first actors ever to both win Academy Awards for playing the same role, that of Vito Corleone in the The Godfather (1972) and The Godfather: Part II (1974).
Edward Norton later stated in interviews that he did this movie solely to have his name on the same poster with Robert De Niro and Marlon Brando.
During breaks, Marlon Brando would walk around the set naked because of the warm weather where the film was being shot.
Robert De Niro was reportedly the victim of several practical jokes pulled by Marlon Brando during filming, including a remote controlled electronic whoopee cushion.
The first scene with Marlon Brando and Robert De Niro talking at a table was shot with De Niro on a tight schedule, giving the filmmakers only thirty minutes to set up the cameras and lighting.
Most of the tools techniques and tactics used in this movie were authentic and functional. They were suggested or provided by technical advisor Mick Gould.
When fighting in Jackie's apartment, Burt is shown slamming Jackie's face into the kitchen counter twice. This part was filmed with him doing it only once; the second slam was created with precise editing.
In Jackie's final scenes, he is wearing a Baltimore Orioles cap. Edward Norton is from the Baltimore suburb of Columbia, and he is an avid Orioles fan; he took batting practice with the team to help publicize this movie's premiere in July 2001.
Edward Norton scripted the "talent in the choices" scene between Nick and Jackie.
Many of the scenes inside the Montreal Customs House were filmed inside the actual building. The filmmakers built some temporary additions and used some CGI to suit their purposes. For instance, there is no elevator that goes down from the ground floor to the basement.
Michael Douglas was originally attached to star as Nick Wells.
Ben Affleck was offered the role of Jackie, but he turned it down.
The thermic lance used on the safe is a real cutting tool. Pressurized oxygen is pumped through an iron tube full of iron rods. An oxyacetylene torch is used to heat and ignite the open end, creating a stream of burning iron. Producing a temperature of around 4,500 degrees C, a thermic lance can burn rapidly through concrete and steel.
The film cast includes two Oscar winners: Robert De Niro and Marlon Brando; and two Oscar nominees: Edward Norton and Angela Bassett.
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The scene where Robert De Niro accepts Marlon Brando's offer, but only for more money so he can retire, is reminiscent of a scene in Midnight Run (1988) where De Niro accepts Joe Pantoliano's offer but only for more money so he can retire.
The huge red ship in one shot is Orsula, a bulk carrier. It was built at at Jiangnan Shipyard, Shanghai, in 1996. Filmmakers had not planned to include Orsula in the background, but it spontaneously added production value.
Jamie Harrold brags that he can do anything if he is given only a KayPro 64 computer and a dial tone. There was the KayPro II, a large portable machine with a small green screen, and there was the Commodore 64, a home computer which displayed on your TV, but no KayPro 6.
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On December 15, 2011, Orsula went aground on the St. Lawrence River near Becancour, Quebec, Canada, not far from its appearance in the film. The incident was caused by loss of control due to rudder failure, and resulted in no injuries, pollution release, or property damage. Orsula itself was not heavily damaged.
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The computer codes relayed to the hacker are: 317 946 5839.
Marlon Brando previously appeared in Bedtime Story (1964), which was remade by director Frank Oz as Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (1988).
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The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

The filmmakers debated whether or not Jackie should kill Danny when he stumbles upon his scheme in the basement; ultimately they decided that Danny's kindness toward Jackie's fake alter ego Brian justified sparing his life.
Episode 59 of the television show MythBusters (2003) put the myth of breaking into a safe the way Nick did to the test. Using a thermal lance like Nick, they were able to burn a hole into the same model safe, but it took a very long time and several thermal rods. The contents of the Mythbusters' safe were burned as well. The safe was not watertight so they had to seal it from the outside before filling it with water. However, the underwater explosion did blow the door off before the glass relocker mechanism could engage. Based on the safe door becoming dislodged and past police reports they determined it was "plausible".
It was director of photography Rob Hahn's idea to have Nick taunt Jack with Brian's line "Okay, bye-bye" after tricking him at the end.
Edward Norton previously played a character who feigned an alter ego in Primal Fear (1996). In both films, his alter ego has some kind of speech impediment.

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